Professor Sonia Johnson

Professor Johnson’s research interests are in the clinical and social needs and the treatment outcomes of people with significant mental health problems such as psychosis and bipolar disorder. Professor Johnson is a Principal Investigator in the CLAHRC’s mental health theme working on a project to develop and test a self-management smartphone app for early psychosis.

Thomas Steare

Tom works as a research assistant for the ARIES Study based at UCL Division of Psychiatry. He has experience of conducting research across Early Intervention Services for a wide range of studies led by Professor Sonia Johnson, where the goal has been to investigate new interventions for first-episode psychosis. His career also involved clinical work in a mental health team. Tom has a BSc in Psychology and an MSc in Clinical Mental Health Sciences.

Dr Michelle Eskinazi

Dr Michelle Eskinazi works as a research assistant for Camden and Islington NHS trust and the UCL Department of Psychiatry, where she is also currently a part-time master’s student on the MSC in Mental Health Sciences Research. Her research interests include digital psychiatry, social and cultural determinants of mental health and perinatal psychiatry. She is due to start core psychiatry training in August 2017 while continuing to pursue her research interests at UCL and completing her MSC.

Seminar on the role of boards in quality improvement brings together NHS leaders and board members

NIHR CLAHRC North Thames welcomed over 40 leaders and board members from our partner organisations and beyond for a seminar focusing on the Role of Boards in Quality Improvement.

We welcomed Tim Melville-Ross CBE, Chair, Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust who chaired the event , drawing on his long experience on boards in both the private and public sectors.

Our keynote speaker was Professor Naomi Chambers, Professor of Healthcare Management of Alliance Manchester Business School who drew on her extensive research on different Board models across sectors and geographies to set out the characteristics of effective board working for quality improvement in health care.

You can view Professor Chambers’ presentation here

Professor Naomi Fulop, Professor of Health Care Organisation and Management at University College London and Principal Investigator of our iQUASER project hosted the event and presented some early findings of note from the project

View Professor Fulop’s presentation here

Dr James Mountford, Director of Quality and Capability at UCLPartners facilitated table discussions at the event

Our thanks to our chair, speakers, facilitators and all those who took the time to attend.

 

Watch a short film about the event

iQUASER features at Barts research evening

As part of our engagement with the public Dr Linda Pomeroy presented the CLAHRC’s  iQUASER study at a recent Bart’s Health research evening.

The event gave us a chance to showcase the project which is evaluating the impact of implementing QUASER – a Board-level intervention NHS Trust leaders can use to diagnoses the strengths and weaknesses in their approach to delivering quality improvement.

Linda discussed the importance of NHS Boards setting the direction for Trusts and leading on efforts to improve quality and safety, and how this impacts patient care at ward level.

Our thanks to Bart’s Health for giving us the chance to present our work.